1 Corinthians 15:26 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

1 Corinthians 15:26, NIV: The last enemy to be destroyed is death.

1 Corinthians 15:26, ESV: The last enemy to be destroyed is death.

1 Corinthians 15:26, KJV: The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.

1 Corinthians 15:26, NASB: The last enemy that will be abolished is death.

1 Corinthians 15:26, NLT: And the last enemy to be destroyed is death.

1 Corinthians 15:26, CSB: The last enemy to be abolished is death.

What does 1 Corinthians 15:26 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

In describing the events of the end times, Paul has written that after Christ returns to earth and all those who belong to Him are resurrected, He will set about defeating every rule, power, and authority until every enemy is defeated. Only then will He turn the conquered kingdom over to the Father.

The final enemy Christ will defeat is death itself. In a sense, Christ's defeat of death began with His own resurrection from the grave. It will continue with the resurrection of all who have believed in Him. It will be final when death is no more (Revelation 21:1–5). At that moment, the victory over death and sin will be complete, and those who have believed in Christ will be free from it for all eternity (1 John 3:2; 1 Corinthians 15:51).